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Rewards of Social Work

A team member recently directed my attention to the social work profession’s ranking of number 4 on a list of lowest paying jobs. This was not earth shattering news, as the profession has been on this list for decades. Why would anyone pursue a degree in social work? Not only do social service positions not […]

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Thank You for Your Service!

Yesterday, I met a former colleague whom I had not seen in 12 years. The purpose of the meeting was business, but of course we reminisced. The conversation came around to extraordinary hospice experiences, and my former colleague shared a story that reminded me of a former patient named Charlie. Charlie resided with his wife […]

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The Tears of a Clown

Within minutes, the suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams was dominating the news and social media outlets. Many posts referenced Mr. William’s seemingly happy-go lucky approach to life, with a plethora of writers assuming that Robin’s public presentation of self was an earnest reflection of who he really was. There is general agreement in the mental […]

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Physician House Calls Return!

Too often, patients were being referred to our home health or hospice programs with conditions that could have been easily prevented. We understand that some individuals don’t do a good job of taking care of themselves, brushing off symptoms and shrugging off the notion of seeing a doctor. However, health care providers all too frequently […]

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Life is precarious – eat your dessert first!

Friends often tell me they don’t understand how I am able to work with terminally ill patients. Most say the emotionality of it all would be unbearable. There are many reasons I do what I do. Primarily, it is because I derive great satisfaction in knowing that my presence and involvement in a patient’s life […]

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